Born to a Greek family in 1973 and raised in Canada, Sensei Angelo is skilled in traditional Goju-Ryu Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has an illustrious career promoting martial arts, including various television appearances such as Breakfast Television (City TV), YTV, SkyDome and Rogers Cable Television. He has successfully run his academy (The Dojo, in Orangeville, Ontario and more recently, a north location in Shelburne, Ontario) for over 15 years. He also advocates for four other academies in the Greater Toronto area with an excess of 200 students.
In addition to supporting the sport, he is a recognized athlete of his own merit. He has competed in numerous national and international competitions, including representing Team Canada at the World Grappling Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently training under Shihan Craig Vokey in Sudbury, Ontario, he holds a 4th Dan Shidoin teaching licence in Goju-Ryu Karate with Seiwakai, a 4th Dan ranking with Karate Canada and Japanese Karate Federation (JKF), and holds a 1st Degree Black Belt ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the direct instruction of Professor Shah Franco from Toronto and Master Sylvio Behring from Rio de Janeiro. He has also trained in Yang style Tai Chi Chudan and spent five years training as an Olympic/Amateur boxer at Champion Boxing Club under Raphael Delgado.
A strong believer that everyone should learn basic self defence, Sensei Angelo has both promoted and taught basic and advanced self defence to numerous secondary schools as part of their physical education curriculum, as well as stranger self defence and bully awareness to multiple primary grade schools and community based programs. He is also a PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defence Instructor and has been teaching for more than twenty years to an estimated audience of greater than 6,000 people. Other notable accomplishments, aside from being a devoted father to three children, include being honoured with a Civilian Citation Certificate for Assistance Rendered from The Peel Region Police and being a proactive community member.
Sensei Ric Micucci is our second in command at The Dojo. He has been an instructor (Shidoin) at The Dojo since 2005. He was also the first student/instructor to hold the title of Sempai at The Dojo.
He began training in 1992 at the Academy of Martial Arts in Brampton, Ontario, and currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) with Seiwa Kai Canada under Kyoshi Isao Yabunaka. Prior to joining Sensei Panoussis in Orangeville, Sensei Micucci co-owned and operated a Goju-Ryu dojo in Newmarket, Ontario for numerous years.
In spite of, or maybe because of, his love for "burn classes", his students keep coming back for more!
Sempai Rebecca Tapley has been part of The Orangeville Dojo since 2006. Sempai Tapley trains in both martial arts offered by The Dojo. She holds a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Karate and a Blue Belt rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She teaches the Karate program at the Shelburne Dojo, and frequently assists with instruction at the Orangeville Dojo. She also assists with our Self-Defence Programs at local schools and businesses in the Dufferin Community and GTA.
When not at The Dojo, Sempai Tapley enjoys spending time with her family and travelling, especially to her "home way from home" Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also works part time as a Paramedic in our community and is an accomplished photographer.
Sempai Luke Panoussis has trained in both Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu his entire life as well as learning to wrestle in high school. On top of competing in all three disciplines, Sempai Luke joined his brother David to compete in Team Kata in the 2010 Ontario Summer Games. He earned his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in September 2015 and currently co-teaches our Tigers, Dragons, and kids BJJ classes.
Sempai Mark has been studying with The Dojo since the summer the dojo first opened. He has previous martial arts experience in a number of arts. He has been awarded a Nidan (2nd Dan) ranking with Seiwa Kai, Karate Canada, Goshy Kan and the Orangeville Dojo.
When not at the dojo, Mark is a mathematics teacher at a secondary school in Brampton, or can be found living his life with his wife and family in Barrie, Ontario. He enjoys many activities including riding his bicycle, his motorcycle and watching movies.
Chris Anderson is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and has been training for several years. While Jiu Jitsu is his main art, Chris also has training in boxing and mixed martial arts. Chris loves to teach and is alway looking to learn and improve himself as a martial artist.
Rob Anderson is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has been training in jiu jitsu for the past eight years. Rob has also trained in Karate, boxing, and MMA. Rob enjoys both teaching and competing in Jiu Jitsu as well as other arts. He is constantly learning to help him and his students further their progress in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Sempai Scott Morrison is The Dojo instructor of the Tigers and Dragons program. Currently a Nidan (2nd Dan), he has trained at The Dojo since 2005. He is one of the first black belts trained by The Dojo and has earned multiple belts in multiple disciplines over the past 17 years.
Sempai Morrison is a family man who has a background in law enforcement and police sciences. Aside from teaching the younger children, he assists with our Self Defense courses in schools and here at The Dojo.
Sempai Chris Bator was a part of the Dufferin Community since 2005 and started his Martial Arts training at the age of 38 with his three sons. Marital Arts has certainly become a family activity the for the Bator’s. His dedication and enthusiasm towards Karate has allowed him to obtain a rank of Nidan (2nd Degree) with The Orangeville Dojo, Karate Canada and Seiwakai. Sempai Bator had attended multiple training camps and seminars over the years and has taught karate and self-defence to all age groups. He currently is a member of the JKF and Goshukan Canada organizations and continues to training of Japanese Gojo Ryu Karate under Sensei Angelo Panoussis.
With the direction of “The Dojo” Sempai will be offering the Karate Program and Self Defence courses in the Butler, Alabama (Choctaw County) and assist with the Orangeville and Shelburne locations when training in Ontario.
Sempai David Panoussis has been a martial artist in both Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practically since birth as well as playing soccer for years. A dedicated athlete, he competes in several tournaments each year and even competed in the 2010 Ontario Summer Games in Team Kata. Sempai David earned his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in September 2015 and currently co-teaches our Tigers, Dragons and kids BJJ classes.